Inspiring Conservation Leaders
The vision of New Zealand being predator free by 2050 has inspired Predator Free Wellington Schools, an innovative environmental education programme which offers students the opportunity to become conservation leaders in their school and community.
We’re thrilled to be working alongside Papa Taiao and ZEALANDIA to deliver Predator Free Wellington Schools. The programme ensures a pathway from early education right through to secondary schools. Predator Free Wellington Schools is currently being rolled out in Miramar and Tawa, with plans to add more schools with time.
Participating schools will receive ongoing support for their trapping, monitoring, and wider ecological work and learning. Importantly, kids will learn about predator control in the New Zealand context. They will be monitoring to find out what predators may be around, taking action and studying ecological outcomes such as seeing an increase in native birds. The focus is on the wider outcomes of conservation, rather than on ‘killing’ pests.
The Predator Free Wellington Schools programme is underpinned by an awards scheme available to all participating schools – to find out more click here.
ZEALANDIA is delivering Predator Free Wellington Schools to early education centres, primary schools and intermediate schools.
ZEALANDIA has been leading environmental education programmes in Wellington for a number of years, delivering more than half of all conservation learning experiences in Wellington schools and turning young people into conservationists in their own environments. Within the Predator Free Wellington Schools programme, ZEALANDIA’s educators will be coordinating and delivering a predator tracking and trapping programme for kura kaupapa, primary and intermediate schools in the Miramar project area and Rongotai Isthmus buffer zone.
Papa Taiao is leading the delivery of the programme to secondary school students.
Papa Taiao has been awarded an Unlocking Curious Minds grant to deliver the Predator Free Schools programme to secondary schools in Wellington and Northland. The distinctive feature of this project is that it will be integrated into and across the technology, science, enterprise and sustainability curricula providing NCEA achievement standards and delivered through authentic project-based learning experiences. It will then scale-up across New Zealand.
Predator Free Wellington
Predator Free Wellington is leading science, technology and community engagement to lift student outcomes and facilitate enterprise in the predator free space.